Events

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Freedom Day Parade Netherlands @ Noordwijk Algemene Begraafplaats
Feb 21 @ 08:30 – 11:30
Freedom Day Parade Netherlands @ Noordwijk Algemene Begraafplaats

Parade and social

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Three Ships Parade @ Richmond Cenotaph
Feb 23 @ 09:30 – 12:00
Three Ships Parade @ Richmond Cenotaph

Purpose: We remember all this South African navy ships lost at sea through the ages, starting from chronological order:

  • WW1: SS Mendi, which lead to 616 South Africans and 30 crew who lost their lives at sea, in South Africa’s biggest naval loss in history.
  • WW2: HMSAS Southern Floe, was sunk by a mine off Tobruk with the loss of 27 men, with 1 sole survivor, Stoker C J Jones.
  • Post-WW2: SAS President Kruger, President-classType 12 frigate which sank in 1982 with the loss of 16 lives after colliding with her replenishment oilerSAS Tafelberg, in the South Atlantic.
  • (same photo as previous)
  • This day also marks South African Armed Forces Day, which was chosen to coincide with the sinking of the SS Mendi, indicating the impact which the sinking of the SS Mendi has had on a national level, particularly black South Africans. For many black South Africans there has been an awakening of an illustrious heritage, which identifies with the whole South African society. Blacks have equally played a very important role in the defence of this country dating back to the First World War.
Mar
11
Mon
2019
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Commonwealth Gates Memorial
Mar 11 @ 10:00 – 12:30
Commonwealth Day Parade @ Commonwealth Gates Memorial | England | United Kingdom

Purpose: The annual celebration day for the Commonwealth of Nations, consisting of 52 member states, of which South Africa is a member.

Apr
27
Sat
2019
Anzac Ceremony, Cannock Chase @ Cannock Chase
Apr 27 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Nation-Building Tribute @ TBC
Apr 27 @ 10:30 – 12:00
Nation-Building Tribute @ TBC | England | United Kingdom

 

Purpose: In celebrating Freedom Day in South Africa, the South African Legion – England Branch gives tribute to three statesmen whose nation building vision and deeds shaped modern South Africa – Nelson Mandela, Jan Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, whose statues are all represented on Parliament Square in London as great visionaries of not only South Africa, but also Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations.

May
11
Sat
2019
Monte Cassino 75 – National Memorial Arboretum @ National Memorial Arboretum
May 11 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Monte Cassino 75 - National Memorial Arboretum @ National Memorial Arboretum
  • Further details TBC